RIP : Google Shuts down Three More Services
Google announced today that three of its web services will be getting an arrow to the knee. Picnik, a photo-editing company that Google acquired in 2010, Needlebase, the data management platform and Google owned Sky Map Android app will go open-source by mid-year.
Picnik, was supposed to be integrated into Picasa, allowing users to edit their images online. But, the company will now be shuttered. Needlebase is possibly the only service out of the three that no-one has heard of, acquired from ITA Software, on June 1, 2012. The technology is being evaluated for integration into Google’s other data-related initiatives.
Sky Map was created by half a dozen Googlers at the Pittsburgh office in their 20 percent time to show off the amazing capabilities of the sensors in the first-generation Android phones and offer a window into the sky. This will now be converted to open source.
Google is knows for acquiring and ending companies faster than most people can develop a business plan.